Mark Lawrenson told Off the Ball that he is yet to see Naby Keita’s dribbling ability at Liverpool.
The Anfield legend shared that the 26-year-old is supposedly a ‘very good dribbler’ but he hasn’t seen it since he has been at the club.
Keita was one of the major talking points in Madrid on Tuesday when Jurgen Klopp, first of all, started the energetic midfielder and then hauled him off before the break.
Lawrenson shared his thoughts on Klopp’s decision to take Kieta off and why he thinks the Conakry-born star started in the first place.
“I think the premises of picking him was that Klopp and his staff identified that when Madrid don’t have the ball they man-mark,” said Lawrenson. “They pick up the guy closest to them.
“Naby Keita is supposedly seen as a very good dribbler of the ball. I have to say I haven’t really seen it since he has been at Liverpool.
“I think Klopp’s idea was that being that way, he can dribble past him man and then free somebody else up going forward.
“But it so didn’t work. Then, of course, when you take him off just before half-time, it’s like that big finger of blame pointing at you. It’s going to be difficult for Keita to play in the team again and for Klopp to get his confidence back.”
Keita hasn’t had the minutes under his belt to be playing, competing and performing in such a high calibre game.
He now seems the obvious change for the second leg, but will Klopp keep him in the XI for the weekend?
Whilst the most important game is against Madrid next week, Liverpool also need the points in the Premier League and it’s not going to be easy against Aston Villa at the weekend.